Kathmandu: China`s state-owned radio station is set to air its programmes across Nepal through FM channels, in new signs that the Communist giant is expanding its influence in the country.
China Radio International CRI has been granted downlink permission by the government to rebroadcast its programmes across Nepal in Nepali and English, according to Information Ministry official.
CRI is the second foreign radio station after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to acquire downlink permission in Nepal, the official Mahendra Guragain said.
He said that Chinese radio has been airing its programmes for some time and now after the government introduced new law last year that requires foreign radios to acquire permission to air their programme in Nepal, the CRI had applied for the permission, he informed.
Altogether 96 international television channels including various television channels operating in India, have also acquired downlink permission to broadcast their programme in Nepal, according to the ministry.